Williamson Trade Talks Heating Up

For Vikings fans, images such as this of Troy Williamson have been all too common. But it would appear there are two or three teams serious about adding Williamson to their team for a modest price of a late-round draft pick and that the talks might be nearing completion.

The plan to move Troy Williamson has taken a new turn, as the agent for the erratic Vikings receiver took a new twist Sunday.

David Canter, Williamson's agent, had said late last week that eight to 10 teams had expressed an interest in Williamson. Sunday, upon his return from a wedding Saturday, Canter told the Star Tribune that three teams have expressed a strong interest in acquiring Williamson.

Canter is reported to have met with Vikings V.P. of Player Personnel Rick Spielman Sunday night to lay out the scenarios under which the teams have shown an interest in Williamson. Canter had stated last week that he wanted to get a deal done as soon as possible if one was going to happen.

The Vikings gave Canter permission to seek trade offers last week and must approve any deal Canter might be able to line up as compensation – believed to be a late second-day pick in the area of a fifth-, sixth- or even a seventh-round pick.

Williamson has been a huge disappointment since being taken with the seventh overall pick in the 2005 draft and has had a well-documented history of hand-eye coordination problems that have lowered his value to both the Vikings and as a potential trade target.

The Vikings won't be able to officially announce any deal until after 11 p.m. Central Time Thursday night when the 2008 NFL year officially begins.

* Look for the Viking Update mock draft to potentially change in the coming days after LSU DT Glenn Dorsey, currently listed as our No. 1 pick in the draft, was outed by an LSU team doctor who told a draft website that there remain serious concerns that Dorsey will have continuing negative effects from a stress fracture in his right tibia suffered in 2006. While he played at a high level at LSU last year, after having a physical taken Saturday, he was sent to a local hospital in Indianapolis to undergo more tests. Dorsey didn't work out at the Combine, but hadn't planned to work out prior to the news being leaked. He arrived in Indianapolis late as the result of the death of his grandmother earlier in the week.
* Another top end of the first round prospect – offensive tackle Ryan Clady of Boise State – injured a pectoral muscle during the bench press portion of his workout Saturday and didn't take part in the rest of the planned workout schedule for O-linemen Saturday.
* There is a Childress back in the Eagles organization. No, not Brad Childress. The Eagles signed wide receiver Brandon Childress to a two-year contract late last week.
* A year ago at the Combine, Adrian Peterson made a big splash not only with his impressive workout numbers and individual team interviews, but he did so just hours after learning his brother had been shot and killed – a testament to his ability to focus and remain calm under bad circumstances.
* The talk out of Indianapolis continues to make major comparisons between A.D. and Darren McFadden, the top RB prospect in the 2008 draft. Aside from the three-inch height difference and 20-pound weight differential, it can be understood. But comparisons to McFadden should more accurately be directed toward Willie Parker of the Steelers, not Peterson.
* Even baseball players are trying to latch on to Peterson. In an interview over the weekend, Yankees minor league outfielder Brett Gardner said he believes he is faster than Peterson. But, at 5-10, 180 pounds, it would require a little more power to think he is the total package. Don't expect to see an intersport match race any time soon, especially since everyone knows Peterson and few outside of his immediate family are aware of Gardner.

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